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Posted: 5/8/2014 7:09:10 AM
I am currently featured on the website Collector's Weekly with a lengthy interview about my career as a toy designer, industry observer, and collector. I thought you might enjoy reading it. I'm actually quite shy about oversharing here, but I couldn't resist this time. I was rather pleased with the article.

You can find the interview here!

Here's the website for the site: Collector's Weekly



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Posted: 5/8/2014 7:33:38 AM
That is definitely brag worthy! What an interesting article! I also enjoyed the pictures of your collection.


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Posted: 5/8/2014 7:40:35 AM
100% Brag worthy! Congrats to you. Great article!!


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Posted: 5/8/2014 8:12:49 AM
Very interesting topic and great article! And can I just tell you my son had several wrestling buddies and he LOVED them!! Thanks for those, and I'm glad you shared your feature!






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Posted: 5/8/2014 8:23:52 AM
Brag away--that is AWESOME!



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Posted: 5/8/2014 8:29:57 AM
What a great article and I loved seeing your collection.

I teach 3 year old preschool and I brought in my huge basket of Rescue Hereos, which are retired. The kids love these and ask for them everyday, Both the boys and the girls. I wish there were more toys like this for preschoolers.

At 2 1/2 to 3 years old, these children already love certain colors, pink and purple for girls and primary for boys. I give them color choices for our art projects and it's rare for a boy to pick pink or purple. Girls don't always care which color they have.

It depends on the child though and whether they have older siblings.

What an interesting job you have and you certainly found your calling!

Congratulations!


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Posted: 5/8/2014 8:31:09 AM
Oh and my younger sone LOVED his wrestling Buddy!


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Posted: 5/8/2014 8:32:00 AM
awesome!



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Posted: 5/8/2014 8:35:28 AM
Oh thanks for the link to the article and I'm glad you shared it, you should be really proud of it and yourself.


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Posted: 5/8/2014 8:35:38 AM
That is so cool! I'm amazed at all the recognizable toys that you designed!

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Posted: 5/8/2014 8:36:21 AM
That was fascinating- what a great career you have had/have!


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Posted: 5/8/2014 8:46:33 AM
Very cool. Great article!


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Posted: 5/8/2014 8:49:18 AM
Nice job! I had some Rainbow Bright toys in the 80s and still have my Lurky somewhere...


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Posted: 5/8/2014 8:56:30 AM
That was wonderful!! Thanks for sharing it. I, too, have spent hours with those kalidescopes!!


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Posted: 5/8/2014 8:58:22 AM
Thanks so much for sharing. I love that you created the wrestling buddies. My Niece and nephew loved them.

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Posted: 5/8/2014 9:12:01 AM
Great interview!!

I had that circus toy and it was one of my absolute favorite toys! I am so jealous that you have a set and it is in awesome condition. Wow! That brings back memories.





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Posted: 5/8/2014 9:12:48 AM
GREAT article and congrats! What a cool career you have.

I know there are more options online, but will a Toys R Us consider selling boy dolls in-store? Even just one or two? This has been a topic of conversation among my friends recently. Their little girls want a boy baby to play with along with all the little girl dolls and they want to see them in person and pick him out. They're incredibly hard to find. My local Toys R Us doesn't have a single one on the shelf. Not one! And then when I tried to find one for my DS... geez. I ended up finally finding an Adora Doll at a local store - the last one - the owner said the company was sold out of the boys and I was lucky to find him. I couldn't find this particular doll in stock anywhere online either. Clearly there's a need. I don't care if the box is pink! I think the Toys R Us is really missing out by not at least carrying a boy or two. (And also by not carrying more dolls of various ethnicities, but that's another post in itself. Hahaha)!

I know you're on the design side and don't have control over this kind of thing, but perhaps you have some insight. Or can put a bug in someone's ear

Congrats again and sorry I hijacked your post a bit

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Posted: 5/8/2014 9:13:23 AM
Congratulations!

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Posted: 5/8/2014 9:20:28 AM

TFS I enjoyed learning about what you do.



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Posted: 5/8/2014 9:47:56 AM
Thanks for all your kind comments! I am truly blessed to have such a fun career!


I know there are more options online, but will a Toys R Us consider selling boy dolls in-store? Even just one or two? This has been a topic of conversation among my friends recently. Their little girls want a boy baby to play with along with all the little girl dolls and they want to see them in person and pick him out. They're incredibly hard to find. My local Toys R Us doesn't have a single one on the shelf. Not one! And then when I tried to find one for my DS... geez. I ended up finally finding an Adora Doll at a local store - the last one - the owner said the company was sold out of the boys and I was lucky to find him. I couldn't find this particular doll in stock anywhere online either. Clearly there's a need. I don't care if the box is pink! I think the Toys R Us is really missing out by not at least carrying a boy or two. (And also by not carrying more dolls of various ethnicities, but that's another post in itself. Hahaha)!


Thanks for the suggestion, Alissa- I'll look into that!



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Posted: 5/8/2014 9:59:31 AM
WOW! That is so cool! I used to dream of having a Cabbage Patch doll when I was a kid. (I wanted a Care Bear too.) You've just inspired me - I think I'll find one for myself!



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Posted: 5/8/2014 10:03:53 AM
What a cool article! I was your target market in the 80s and 90s and recognized all the designs they said were yours, and on your work space.

Do you have a listing or photos anywhere of all your designs? I would absolutely love to see them! As an adult I am still a toy junkie and most of mine from the 80s and 90s are still boxed in great condition

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Posted: 5/8/2014 10:06:52 AM
What a great article. Sounds like you've had a very interesting career. I liked the pictures of your collection - very neat.

I think the topic of gender specific toys is an interesting one. My daughter is six and has never liked dolls, although she does like stuffed animals (and often different ones - once she went to Build a Bear and chose to make the sting ray, lol). I loved dolls when I was little. I remember the Cabbage Patch Kid craze and had several with all the accessories for a play nursery. That's cool you were involved with the Cabbage Patch Kid dolls. Were you and your team surprised by how successful it was? It was nuts!



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Posted: 5/8/2014 10:11:53 AM
very cool! I too love that I recognize many of the toys you've designed... CONGRATS!

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Posted: 5/8/2014 10:19:02 AM
That was a great article, loved seeing your collection and your career.

Along the boy doll line...I had this one growing up. I remember it totally scandalized my Grandma as he is anatomically correct. She was so freaked out by it, she castrated him.



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Posted: 5/8/2014 10:22:53 AM

Along the boy doll line...I had this one growing up. I remember it totally scandalized my Grandma as he is anatomically correct. She was so freaked out by it, she castrated him.


Stef, what I wouldn't give for an hour of uninterupted play at your house.


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Posted: 5/8/2014 10:28:28 AM
That photo of the Joey Stivic doll made me laugh! I remember that "scandal", but I wasn't in the toy industry yet. I'll have to go through my archives and see if I have any more info on it!



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Posted: 5/8/2014 11:20:41 AM
That is a great article Stef. Nice to hear from someone on the "frontline" of the toy business. As a parent for many years (oldest DD was 6 during the first crazed Cabbage Patch Christmas season) I have seen/heard a good bit.

Electronic toys are what blow my mind...buying a "toy" cover for an IPAD or IPHONE. I have a grandson (9 mos) and great niece (2) whose parents have not allowed battery operated toys. Both families have received a lot of blank stares over that one.

I fondly remember my Madame Alexander baby doll and my blue Susie Homemaker stove as well as taking my brother's Tonka dump trucks and riding down the drive way. GI Joe did marry Barbie and/or Midge at our house.


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Posted: 5/8/2014 11:34:33 AM
Stef thanks for giving us a peek! It's a great article. What a fun job! and congratulations on making the top 100 list!

My ds15 had this Talking Little T doll. I mean playpal. Every once in awhile he pulls it out, he's very sentimental. We flew to Disney World last year. Little T came with us. DS got flagged by TSA and his carry-on was searched. I'm sure he was the subject of discussion in the break room. THE TSA agent sees a tiny hand poking up. I can't imagine how relieved she must have been to realize it was plastic! And then who knows what else he was thinking because he's 15! Ds didn't do anything with Little T except take him along for the ride.


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Posted: 5/8/2014 11:44:44 AM
You certainly deserve more than fifteen minutes of fame! Thank you for sharing your remarkable collection.

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Posted: 5/8/2014 12:02:28 PM
This was such an interesting article from the gender perspective. You have had a really amazing career. What a fun job designing toys.

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Posted: 5/8/2014 12:09:14 PM

That's cool you were involved with the Cabbage Patch Kid dolls. Were you and your team surprised by how successful it was? It was nuts!


I was a Cabbage Patch kids designer from 1995 when they came to Mattel, until 2012, so I wasn't on the original Coleco CPK team in the early '80s. However, I WAS involved with the 'Snacktime Kids' fiasco in 1997, when CPK dolls ate little girls' hair. Quite memorable! I actually did a digital scrapbook layout about my daughter's original CPK doll, which I bought her before I got into the toy business.




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Posted: 5/8/2014 12:10:43 PM
What a fun job! Thanks for sharing.




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Posted: 5/8/2014 12:30:45 PM
Congratulations! What an interesting career you have had!

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Posted: 5/8/2014 1:41:43 PM
What a great read and sharing your toy collection, awesome. Did you play with your toys when you were little, because they look 'mint' to me?

When I was younger (I am 50) a lot of my play time was by myself because there were no kids in the neighborhood so I had to use my imagination and what I had on had.


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Posted: 5/8/2014 3:42:06 PM
What an incredible article. I loved seeing the pictures and reading about what you do, what an amazing career!

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Posted: 5/8/2014 3:42:08 PM
What an incredible article. I loved seeing the pictures and reading about what you do, what an amazing career!

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Posted: 5/8/2014 3:42:10 PM

What a great read and sharing your toy collection, awesome. Did you play with your toys when you were little, because they look 'mint' to me?


There are only a couple of my own playthings pictured in the article- my Barbie doll and my kaleidoscope. I did take pretty good care of my kaleidoscope, but you can no longer see thru the eyepiece.
The Barbie I took very good care of because I was 11 when I got her! By then, I was more careful. But what you don't see are the very strategically placed pinholes in Barbie's body, applied by my very annoying and immature big brother!



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Posted: 5/8/2014 6:07:20 PM
I am so glad that you shared this! I felt this vicarious 'hey, I know her!' thrill, lol, at your accomplishments. I had no idea that you were so talented or so prominent in the industry.

It was a very interesting read. I could only imagine how thrilling it would be to discover your childhood toys in the attic that way. The gender divide discussion was a good one.

I have to say that I LOVE the ideas you had for the girl adventure toys. It is disappointing that it was something that couldn't come to fruition.

I also think it is sad that children are getting away from toys, and most kinds of imaginative play, at such early ages. I know the electronic age has its benefits as well, but children just seem to be growing up too soon and losing some indefinable something that we enjoyed.

Congratulations on the article and on the contributions you have made!


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Posted: 5/8/2014 6:27:12 PM
Thank you for sharing! Loved the article!!!!


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Posted: 5/8/2014 6:40:30 PM
very nice article.....



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Posted: 5/8/2014 6:59:33 PM
How cool! Congrats!

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Posted: 5/8/2014 6:59:49 PM
Stef, that's fantastic. Thanks for sharing with us!

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Posted: 5/8/2014 7:42:21 PM
That was really great. I loved your insight and all of the things you have designed! Wow. I recognized a lot of your work. Very cool. TFS!


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Posted: 5/8/2014 7:57:20 PM
Great article, and wow what a background you have. I love your vintage collection and how awesome it was that you found it mostly intact.

Just looking at your collection, brings a flood of memories. I remember how a lot of toys smelled, weird I know. My favorite are Dixie Cups, they're packed away somewhere.

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Posted: 5/8/2014 9:24:55 PM
Excellent in every way! Now I want to make my son read the article (he'll roll his eyes as I gave him an article to read earlier this week on another topic) to show him why I asked you to help him with his merit badge interview.

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Posted: 5/8/2014 9:37:29 PM
Fantastic interview, Stef. Congrats to you!

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Posted: 5/8/2014 10:13:48 PM
TFS!!!

I loved the article and I loved the photos of the toys.

I love toys, I love vintage things, and I am big on toys being for kids, not for boys or girls, or certain ages, so I just loved everything about that article.

I have a few of the toys in the photos, which was fun, and my mom has her original Barbie. Unfortunately, while in storage in the attic, the earrings discolored her ears.



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Posted: 5/8/2014 10:28:48 PM
Sorry - I don't know how to 'quote' a previous post here.

The strategically placed pin holes - LOL At least you can laugh now about it.

My first Barbie would have been in the mid-60's, she had long brown hair and her limbs did not bend (she did bend/sit though). I cut her hair short and used a black permanent marker on her feet so she would have permanent shoes (very uneven I might add).

When we moved to Hawaii when I was 8 which was early 70's, is when I got my first Malibu? Barbie in the blue bathing suit. I at least took pretty good care of her. I no longer have any of my childhood toys and even if I did, have nowhere to store them now.

Loved your collection, thank you for not only sharing the article, but your toy collection too.


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Posted: 5/8/2014 10:50:58 PM
What a great article! Thanks for sharing. Did you know your wrestling buddy was on The Goldbergs this week? If you don't watch the show you should because more of your toys might show up.






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